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This paper discusses the cause and effects of art censorship. The National Coalition Against Censorship stated “Censorship has been around for as long as there has been creative expression; no doubt, censorship attempts will be part of our future. However, the degree of public support for free speech has always made a difference – the difference between silent repression and a lively debate. ” Censorship has gone to the extreme and the meaning behind the artwork, whether it be a painting or a play, is getting lost because people are only seeing the “inappropriate” parts of the work of art.
Often, this is a projection of adult fears and fantasies, rather than any realistic notion of the possible effects of art and performance. ” One such act of censorship done to protect children was the banning of William Mastrosimone’s Bang Bang You’re Dead. (Mintcheva & Bertin, 2007) This play was specifically written to help students understand and deal with violence in the schools.
This kind of censorship effects more than just the schools, it also affects libraries, museums, and theaters. People not exposed to art such as this play while they are in school are less likely to go to libraries, museums, and theaters.
In 1995, the Air Force Association and the United States Congress pressured the Smithsonian Institute to cancel the exhibit called The Last Act: The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II. (The Selective Timeline of Art Censorship in the U. S. A. ) This exhibit by the National Air and Space Museum was designed to question whether or not the atomic bomb on Hiroshima was necessary. Instead of the artifacts and photos belonging to the victims of the bomb being displayed, the Smithsonian was forced to display the restored forward fuselage of the Enola Gay. The Enola Gay was the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. The Selective Timeline of Art Censorship in the U. S. A. ) The Department of Justice decided to purchases covering to be put on the two semi-nude art deco statues that reside in the Great Hall in 2002. The two statues have been in the Great Hall of the Justice Department since the 1930’s. (The Selective Timeline of Art Censorship in the U. S. A. ) One could ask, why did they decide to cover these statues after seventy years? The National Coalition Against Censorship launched a program in 2000 to work with artists and curators with censorship disputes.
Protecting the artists’ rights to freely express their views, even if they are controversial, in public forums is the programs main goal. (Arts Advocacy Project) This program has been successful in resolving controversies with education and advocacy, thereby avoiding the need for legal actions. Censorship is the suppression of ideas, whether it is done to protect children, respecting minorities, or honoring veterans. (Mintcheva & Bertin, 2007) The censorship debate has caused artists to question whether or not they need to fear some kind of damage to their careers if they allow their work to be viewed as they have produced it. Felton-Dansky, 2008) These debates continually tell the people what is not appropriate for children, but it is believed that these concerns are just a projection of fears or fantasies of the protester that is not based on the real effects of the artwork or performance. (Mintcheva & Bertin, 2007) Censorship has gone to the extreme and the meaning behind the artwork, whether it be a painting or a play, is getting lost because people are only seeing the “inappropriate” parts of the work of art. No one will ever know just how far censorship will go, but the effects of the censorship will be felt by the artist and viewer.
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